2019 - 2020 Evening Theater Series and Local Authors Series
Performances at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinees.
Please check box office for exact performance dates and times.
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE October 4 – 26, 2019
An eerie drama, by F. Andrew Leslie, from the novel by Shirley Jackson
Cut off from the outside world and shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent except for the daily visits of its grumbling caretaker, Mrs. Dudley. Its isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomena who is joined by five others who have their own reasons for accepting his invitation. Their sensibilities are soon jolted by strange and eerie occurrences as they struggle to disguise their mounting fears.
SCROOGE MACBETH December 6 - 21, 2019
A holiday farce of Shakespearean proportions, by David MacGregor
It’s not another retelling of “A Christmas Carol.” Scrooge Macbeth takes the meaning of “the show must go on” to a whole new level. Bob, Sylvia, Victor, and Renee are the last four actors standing when a food poisoning outbreak sidelines most of the cast on the opening night of the Hartland Community Theatre's holiday production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. Thanks to the ensuing violent collision between everything Christmas and everything Shakespeare, you will never think of Shakespeare or Christmas in quite the same way again
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? January 24 – February 15, 2020
Drama, by Edward Albee
George, a professor at a small college, and his wife Martha, have just returned home drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive, the charade begins, the drinks flow, inhibitions suddenly melt, and secrets are revealed. Winner of the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play, the Broadway production was a shattering and memorable experience and proclaimed Mr. Albee as a major American playwright.
ENCHANTED APRIL March 13 – April 4, 2020
A period comedy, by Matthew Barber
From the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, feeling lost in the shadows of marriage and forgotten in the rush of 1920s post-war society, two London housewives pool their savings to rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday, reluctantly recruiting a pair of difficult upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Together under the Mediterranean sun, the four women clash, and then begin to bond and bloom, until men once again upset the balance.
THE WISDOM OF EVE May 1 - 23, 2020
Suspenseful drama, by Mary Orr
We first meet Eve Harrington standing in the rain by the stage door of the theatre in which her idol, the renowned Margo Crane, is starring in her latest long-run hit. An engrossing and revealing "inside" story of life in New York's theatre world, Eve lies, cheats, and blackmails her way to Broadway stardom, a Hollywood career, then leaves the wreckage of her friends' trust behind her. Mary Orr successfully adapted her story for the screen as the unforgettable, All About Eve starring Bette Davis.
SUMMER SHAKESPEARE: TWELFTH NIGHT or WHAT YOU WILL June 19 – July 11, 2020
Romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, Produced in Cooperation with Boiling Point Players
“If music be the food of love, play on!” Ship-wreck separated twins, cross-dressing and disguises, a poetry-loving girl who finds herself at the center of a not-so-average love triangle, men and women falling in love with strangers, drinking, revelry, and mistaken identity, Twelfth Night has it all. Believed to have been first staged in 1602, this beloved classic was popular back in Shakespeare's day, too.
Company OnStage is pleased to offer again our new Local Authors Series featuring some of H-town’s most talented writers.
LOCAL AUTHORS SERIES: SELECTED WORKS OF BEN PLOPPER November 7 - 16, 2019
Ben Plopper has no earthly idea how he got here, from a day job as a technical writer for a financial services company to a featured playwright. He is constantly surprised at even the modicum of success he has had writing for (and winning) several Spontaneous Smattering 24-Hour Play Festivals and for a goofy play about vapid, self-absorbed Brits who are so focused on their extramarital affairs and planning the perfect dinner party that they didn’t notice a zombie in their midst (The Importance of Eating Earnest). He is always working on the next big thing, and maybe someday he’ll finish it before something else strikes his fancy as “the next big thing," like a squirrel with a shiny object in its mouth. He is thrilled to present this collection of shorts—some from previous works and some original pieces—and hopes you enjoy the mix of humor, existential dread, and a weird fixation on subjects of theology and philosophy. And though he dwells in Fort Worth, he considers the Houston theater scene his home-away-from home, and holds nothing but gratitude for his drama-family who have given him so many wonderful opportunities. He should have been a theater-nerd in High School. More on his writing and philosophizing at www.benplopper.com. . This production contains adult subject matter and salty language.
LOCAL AUTHORS SERIES: SELECTED WORKS OF KRIS THOMPSON July 23 – Aug. 1, 2020
Kris Thompson joined the playwriting community in 2014 but admits to a life-long love affair with writing. She also has BIG love for the Company OnStage as her playwriting career was born there during Cone Man Running's 2014 Pass and Go. Later that same year her first short, Kitchen Conversations, was included in Vox Feminina V, Mom's the Word also at COS. Since then, Kris has been lucky enough to enjoy production of shorts, full lengths, and radio plays by many theatres in many cities, but she is always thrilled to be back at COS and honored to be included in their season lineup! Kris is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the National New Play Network. When she's not busy writing, she's helping her husband restore their historic home in Georgetown. This production contains adult subject matter and salty language.